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Casino Royale Reviews

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Christopher Orr
The Atlantic
November 2, 2015
Unlike recent Bonds, whose kills had no more weight than the one-liners that generally accompanied them, Craig's tend to be intimate, bloody, and devoid of glamour.
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October 18, 2008
Bond as a human being? Who'd'a'thunk?
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
August 17, 2007
Casino Royale has the answers to all my complaints about the 45-year-old James Bond series, and some I hadn't even thought of.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
June 29, 2007
I hope Craig finds more moments like that in Bond. And I hope he gets to wear that tuxedo again and again and again.
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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
April 25, 2007
I consider Daniel Craig to be the most effective and appealing of the six actors who have played 007, and that includes even Sean Connery.
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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
February 3, 2007
Craig is also the best Bond in the franchise's history.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
November 22, 2006
Daniel Craig is a fair-haired, bare-knuckle antidote to Pierce Brosnan. On the action-adventure level, it hits the bulls-eye.
| Original Score: B+
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Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
November 18, 2006
This, at last, is Bond stripped bare.
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Tom Charity
CNN.com
November 17, 2006
There's clearly life in the old dog yet.
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
November 17, 2006
Welcome to the new world of MI6's most storied agent.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Noel Murray
AV Club
November 17, 2006
Casino Royale is a step in the right direction for the Bond franchise. But it's a small, tentative step.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
November 17, 2006
It's The Spy Who Came In From the Warmth.
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
November 17, 2006
[Craig's] portrayal feels grittier and more complex than previous 007s. This is also partly the result of a better script, by Neal Purvis, Robert Wade and Oscar winner Paul Haggis, as well as top-notch directing by Martin Campbell.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
November 17, 2006
Gone or reshaped are most of the conceits that have made Bond movies seem like an exercise in parody and nostalgia.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
November 17, 2006
It's not as bad as Die Another Day, and not up to the jolly mayhem of the best films in the series.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
November 17, 2006
Casino Royale isn't perfect, but it's surprisingly entertaining, even exciting for long stretches, and Craig manages to find new dimensions to a character that had long ago become a tired caricature. Everything old is new again, indeed.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
November 17, 2006
What, no jet packs? No world-conquering supervillains orbiting the planet? No preference for shaken martinis?
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
November 17, 2006
Now this is more like it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
November 17, 2006
If the goal was to give Bond vivid new life, Casino Royale must be called a success. This Bond is not only licensed to kill but eager to get on with the job.
| Original Score: B+
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
November 17, 2006
You don't need a weatherman to tell you the 21st installment in the franchise brings an invigorating chill to the air.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
November 17, 2006
Let the purists squawk: In Daniel Craig, the Bond franchise has finally found a 007 whose cruel charisma rivals that of Sean Connery.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
November 16, 2006
... the Bond franchise has always been fortunate in its choice of leading men, and Craig is one of their wisest picks yet.
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Dana Stevens
Slate
November 16, 2006
Martin Campbell (who also directed Pierce Brosnan's first outing as Bond in Goldeneye), has chosen to give us a Bond who's both metaphorically and literally stripped bare. Let me take this opportunity to thank him for both.
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
November 16, 2006
The latest James Bond vehicle finds the British spy leaner, meaner and a whole lot darker.
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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
November 16, 2006
Half an hour too long and with too many villains we really can't place in the plot, Casino Royale nevertheless proves you seldom go wrong if you make a movie that leaves you stirred, not shaken.
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
November 16, 2006
Casino Royale unveils Daniel Craig as the new James Bond and, excepting Sean Connery, he's the best.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
November 16, 2006
The movie also travels the dark path of the book, which I won't detail here, but just know that Bond has to suffer for his art.
| Original Score: 4/5
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Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune
November 16, 2006
Casino Royale takes a huge gamble that moviegoers are ready for a fresh take on James Bond. And it wins the bet.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
November 16, 2006
You who carped that the 007 films had devolved into a catalog of fresh gadgets and stale puns, eat crow. You who said that the Austin Powers superspy spoofs made James Bond irrelevant, behave.
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Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
November 16, 2006
The tone isn't as cute or vapid as most installments; it's actually a little sinister compared with any recent Bond.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Tom Long
Detroit News
November 16, 2006
Casino Royale tries to have it both ways, moving toward the genuine while still grasping for the outlandish. The result is a film that's caught between caution and abandonment. And that's probably not a place where James Bond wants to be.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Richard Roeper
Richard Roeper.com
November 16, 2006
Meet the new Bond, not the same as the old Bond -- and thank God for that.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Mark Rahner
Seattle Times
November 16, 2006
Now I'm glad they didn't euthanize James Bond, because Casino Royale is the best movie of the series in almost 40 years.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
November 16, 2006
Back to basics, is the idea.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
November 16, 2006
Fans of anyone other than Sean Connery who has played James Bond may want to look away, because admirers of Ian Fleming's 007 novels are almost bound to agree that Daniel Craig is the best Bond since Sean.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
November 16, 2006
The striking thing about Craig's performance is that he seems to have been able to tune out over 40 years of screen history and approach Bond as just another role.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
November 16, 2006
Back are the virtues of the original Ian Fleming novels, seen only fleetingly in previous films.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Gene Seymour
Newsday
November 16, 2006
If this franchise is indeed being reinvented (and it needed to be), it's going to be very interesting to see how Craig continues shaking and stirring his character's icy cocktail of baleful cruelty and suave assurance.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Scott Foundas
L.A. Weekly
November 16, 2006
Of course, we don't really go to Bond movies for the dialogue and the romance. We go for the action, and on that front Casino Royale delivers -- if, like everything else about the picture, in a refreshingly downsized way.
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
November 16, 2006
This exceedingly clever reincarnation, reclamation and reinvigoration of a franchise that has had its ups and downs stands taller than ever.
| Original Score: 4/4
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Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
November 16, 2006
Die-hard fans may miss Q and Miss Moneypenny or the boys-and-their-toys gadgets or even the smirky tone. But in their stead is a riveting picture that, for all its globetrotting glamour and eyepopping action, demands we take this new Bond seriously.
| Original Score: A-
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
November 16, 2006
The script updates Ian Fleming's first Bond novel to a post-9/11 world and scales back the silliness that always seems to creep into the series.
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Wally Hammond
Time Out
November 16, 2006
[Casino Royale] not only simultaneously acknowledges and confounds audience expectations, but also neatly confirms that Daniel Craig's intriguing and charismatic tyro agent is cut from quite different cloth to his Savile Row-tailored predecessors.
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
November 15, 2006
In Casino Royale, Bond is still learning to tame his impulses into a style, and he's all the more dangerous because of it.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
November 15, 2006
A renewed sense of engagement informs director Martin Campbell's tough, absorbing adaptation of the 1953 Ian Fleming novel, the one that started the whole 007 business.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Bruce Newman
San Jose Mercury News
November 14, 2006
Casino Royale is everything you could ask for in a Bond movie, and more. Much more. Sometimes even more than is a good idea.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Robert Wilonsky
Village Voice
November 14, 2006
To say Casino Royale ranks among the best Bond offerings is not intended as backhanded praise.
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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
November 13, 2006
This is a Bond with great body but no soul.
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
November 13, 2006
There's one whopper of a reason why Casino Royale is the hippest, highest-octane Bond film in ages, and his name is Daniel Craig.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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David Germain
Associated Press
November 13, 2006
Taking the world's greatest spy back to his roots as a raw, impressionable brute whose cockiness at times fails him and who can lose his heart to a woman was a keen stroke of intelligence.
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Anthony Lane
New Yorker
November 13, 2006
Casino Royale, though half an hour too long, is the first semi-serious stab at Fleming, and at the treacherous terrain that he marked out, since On Her Majesty's Secret Service, in 1969.
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
November 9, 2006
A Bond reboot that explores the fascinating early career of 007.
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Todd McCarthy
Variety
November 9, 2006
Casino Royale sees Bond himself recharged with fresh toughness and arrogance, along with balancing hints of sadism and humanity, just as the fabled series is reinvigorated by going back to basics.